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Raymond Kay Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000852

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Kay deal primarily with his union activities, and to a lesser extent with his involvement in state politics.

Series Description: Series I: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, campaign materials of a non-union nature.

Series II: A subject file of materials pertaining to Local 227, the DeSoto plant, The Greater Detroit Construction, Maintenance, and Powerhouse Worker's Council, the Skilled Trades Council and the UAW.

Dates

  • 1944 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1958

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

Raymond Kay (ne Casimir Kozekowski) was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 30, 1917. Mr. Kay received his education in the Detroit parochial school system. Mr. Kay. was employed by the DeSoto Motor Co. until 1942, at which time he entered the Navy Seabees. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Mr. Kay returned to the DeSoto Motor Co. While at DeSoto, Mr. Kay became involved with union affairs at the local level. He served as shop steward, chairman of the Shop Plant Committee, and Skilled Trades writer for Local 227's newspaper. In 1953, Mr. Kay was fired by Chrysler for his union activities. Following his termination at Chrysler, Mr. Kay was elected President of the Greater Detroit Construction, Maintanence, and Powerhouse Worker's Council. In 1959 Mr. Kay served briefly as President of the UAW Skilled Trades Council until its dissolution by the International in February of 1959.

In addition to his union activities, Mr. Kay was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Moose, and the Wayne County Civic League. Mr. Kay also ran for State Representative in 1959 and for State Senator in 1954 and 1958.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (7 MB)

Abstract

A member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 227, Raymond Kay served as president of the Greater Detroit Construction, Maintenance and Powerhouse Workers’ Council, as president of the Skilled Trades Council and ran for Michigan State Representative and State Senator. Mr. Kay’s papers relate his work with trade unions and his involvement in state politics.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The papers of Raymond Kay were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban, Affairs in November of 1977 by Mr. Raymond Kay.

Transfers

Approximately 100 photographs of various union meetings and conventions of the Greater Detroit Construction, Maintenance, and Powerhouse Worker's Council, and the Skilled Trades Council. They have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collection. Numerous pamphlets and newspapers have been placed in the Archives' library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December 1978.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Raymond Kay Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1978-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA